Sunday, September 26, 2021

Commentary

by Curtis Weathers --  The test results are in and the numbers paint a gloomy and troubling picture of the daunting challenges ahead for Tennessee schools in both the immediate and distant future. As a former principal, whenever test scores arrived...
by Curtis Weathers -- Just when you think things couldn’t get any worst, this happens!  Last week, amid pressure from Republican lawmakers, the Tennessee Department of Health fired Dr. Michelle Fiscus, medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs.  The firing...
by Angela Sargent -- About noon March 13, 2020, the announcement came over the public address system: “Teachers, please prepare students for dismissal. School will be closing early.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine what was in store for...
by Rep. Steve Cohen -- Memphis and Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District have unique and specific needs – needs unlike those in Montana, Florida or New York City. I am pleased to announce that, for the first time in 10 years,...
by Curtis Weathers -- This time of the year, school systems and their principals are busy interviewing and hiring new teachers, filling vacancies caused by the pandemic, and just the normal attrition process that naturally occurs at the end of...
by Renee Burose-Squires -- I was prepared for COVID-19. Sometimes I think I was overprepared and knew too much about coronavirus. I watched the news incessantly (perhaps it was the former broadcast journalist and news junkie in me). I paid close attention to...
by Curtis Weathers -- When I heard the news last Thursday that President Joe Biden had signed legislation making June 19th, Juneteenth, a national holiday I was shocked, but in a good way. It caught me totally by surprise.  I did...
by Curtis Weathers -- The school year is coming to a close and the coronavirus seems to be in full retreat. More and more people are getting vaccinated, infections are way down and the number of people dying from the...
by Curtis Weathers -- House and Senate lawmakers in Tennessee have passed bills that prohibit educators from teaching elements of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Tennessee’s public schools.   Critical Race Theory is the study of race relations in America and how...
by Curtis Weathers --  I was minding my own business last week, all set to dive into the issue of state testing and learning loss in our schools.  Suddenly, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and 37 of his Republican colleagues showed...